The French Connection (1971) Filming Locations

Location #26: The tollbooth

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Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, Bronx, New York, United States

Location #27: Duplex Bowling


Near what is now 666 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, United States

* A contribution by Mitch ???.

Location #28: Arrival of the shipment at the docks

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At Pier 5, Brooklyn, New York, United States

Location #29: Popeye walking out of the bar


At South Street & Market Slip, Brooklyn, New York, United States

Location #30: Popeye’s apartment building


Marlboro Housing on West 11th Street, Brooklyn, New York, United States

5 thoughts on “The French Connection (1971) Filming Locations

  1. Lindley Farley

    Hi Nick,
    I see you cited my location for Roy’s Bar in THE FRENCH CONNECTION, but it was not on Bushwick Ave as you have above. It was on the east side of Myrtle Ave. between Broadway and Lewis Ave (I had found the exact address in a 1970 phone book at the NYPL). Where the bar and bowling alley once stood is now an empty lot, and basically around the corner from what was The Oasis bar/now Chinese restaurant at 912 Broadway where the Santa Claus foot chase begins. What made finding the Roy’s Bar location confusing was using the Myrtle Ave. el as a reference point. A major part of the el was torn down in the late 1970s (originally it extended all the way to Flatbush Ave – you can check a 1970s subway map online), so where Roy’s Bar and Duplex Bowling alley once stood is exactly where today the el line ends on Lewis Ave.
    Lindley Mitch Farley

  2. Paul

    The “vanished abrupt road” in location 53 was actually Little Hell Gate Bridge. It was demolished in the 1990s and replaced by Central Road because the Little Hell Gate had filled with sand over the years, and the bridge had become obsolete.

  3. skeetmotis

    Parts of the “French Connection” car chase scenes (where Popeye is in his car, following the elevated subway) were filmed in Ridgewood (Queens, NYC):

    DVD time 1:15:00 to 1:15:20 — (1) on Palmetto St., right onto Onderdonk Ave., left onto Woodbine St.

    DVD time 1:15:45 to 1:15:55 — (2) on Putnam Ave., passing 60th St.

    (3) on Putnam Ave., passing Stier Pl. (the Ridgewood Democratic Club is seen in the background)

    (4) on Putnam Ave., left onto Forest Ave., right onto Putnam Ave., going under the Forest Avenue “M” train station.

  4. Richard

    I’m curious if in the final scene, number 54, if you or anyone can tell what exactly that brick building/s was or used to be? I mean yeah you can see it was Wards Island but the location(buildings) was so dilapidated and creepy looking, especially the insides, not to mention trash filled from illegal dumping no doubt, I was just curious to know more about it, like the history and what is was etc. I’ve been looking online and all I’ve been able to find so far is that the final scene was on Wards Island near the Hell’s Gate Bridge, not the more detailed info I was hoping to find about the place. Any more info would be very interesting indeed.

  5. Michael Towers

    Back in the mid 70s I drove out to Wards Island looking for the final scene location, and followed a road leading to the Hellgate Bridge. We went in and took a bunch of pictures. For a long time I thought that the building was used by the Fire Department, either for storage or for fire suppression practice. However, I did see a post that the building was the Randall’s Island Bakery.


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